Aircraft Disposal and Recycle Cost Estimation

Xiaojia Zhao, Wim Verhagen, Richard Curran

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The present study develops a method for the sake of evaluating Disposal and Recycle (D&R) cost in view of the increasing demand in aircraft retirement. Firstly, a process model is extracted. The subordinated cost elements are also identified. Next, the cost aggregations based on the D&R process steps are discussed. Moreover, it proposes an economic indicator to support the determination of the aircraft D&R strategies. The indicator is used to evaluate the economic performance and to facilitate the trade-off studies among different D&R scenarios. This analysis is demonstrated on two aircraft types with two scenarios. In addition, sensitivity analysis evaluating the impact of the salvage value, residual value, D&R cost, and the learning factor is performed. It is found that the engine D&R possesses more economic gains than that of the aircraft. The salvage value and residual value are the main factors which influence the D&R economic performance.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTransdisciplinary Engineering: Crossing Boundaries
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 23rd ISPE Inc. International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering
EditorsM. Borsato, N. Wognum, M. Peruzzini, J. Stjepandić, W.J.C. Verhagen
PublisherIOS Press
Pages685 - 694
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-61499-703-0
ISBN (Print)978-1-61499-702-3
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event 23rd ISPE Inc. International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering - Curitiba, Brazil
Duration: 3 Oct 20167 Oct 2016
Conference number: 23

Publication series

NameAdvances in Transdisciplinary Engineering
PublisherIOS Press
ISSN (Print)2352-751X
ISSN (Electronic)2352-7528


Conference 23rd ISPE Inc. International Conference on Transdisciplinary Engineering
Abbreviated titleTE2016


  • Cost analysis
  • aircraft disposal and recycle process
  • disposal and recycle economic indicator


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